Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas Forever!

Most westerners think of the Christmas season as the period between late November and December 25th. But technically that was Advent. The season of Christmas begins on December 25th. Does it matter? Yes. The reason is in the words themselves: … Continue reading

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Christmas Around the World

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie (Click on any image to enlarge it, or to begin slideshow) “And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas! (From an Insensitive Boob)

When I say Merry Christmas in public, I’m often rewarded with an Oh, that’s right, your generation doesn’t know any better look, and a corrective “Happy Holidays.” Just for the record, I do know better. The Christmases I grew up … Continue reading

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A Message from My Heart

I come from a long line of short-lived men. My father died of a heart attack at 45, and both of my grandfathers died of heart attacks, as well. In addition, my mother died of a heart condition at the … Continue reading

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God’s Mystery Revealed

Old Testament: God made us. New Testament: God with us. Living Testament (you and me): God in us.

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Christmas Funnies

I’d have called them the 12 Laughs of Christmas, but there are 15. Anyway, here are a few chuckles before rushing back out the door to buy that “Shoot! I forgot something for Whatshisname!” gift. (Click on any image to … Continue reading

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When Wolves and Lambs Lie Down Together

Originally posted on A Pastor's Heart:
*A publication I read some years back carried the story of an annual church Christmas Dinner.  Over the years it had become a  family affair which welcomed everyone, including people off the street.…

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And so It Begins…

Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, is the root of the word “adventure.” It means to finally arrive after a long journey. It is about Christ’s arrival. And ours. “One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we … Continue reading

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Underarm Deodorant

Originally posted on Tripp Blog:
Not everyone is lucky enough to know their great-grandmother, but I was. Grandma Patterson is what we called her. From Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, she and my great-grandfather brought their many children over to…

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Putting Away Christmas (Finally)

Originally posted on Bonnywood Manor:
And so it finally came to pass that the little hamlet must be demolished in the name of Progress. Before anyone rises up in a spasm of indignation at the outrageous abuse of Eminent Domain,…

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